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DATA MANAGER - Bloemfontein

Interactive Research and Development South Africa (IRD SA NPC) is a South African Section 21 not-for-profit entity and an affiliate of Interactive Research and Development Global (IRD Global), and has fully operational offices in Johannesburg, Pretoria (Gauteng) and in Durban (KwaZulu-Natal).

JOB SUMMARY:

To provide improve the data collection, verification, processing, validation, reporting, use and storing of data and information related to drug susceptible, drug-resistant TB and TB & HIV co-infection programmes. The primary objective is 1) to provide technical guidance and implementation of TB/HIV health information systems 2) Support training and technical engagements, aimed at utilization of the database for programme monitoring and ensuring quality data. 3) Analyse and disseminate programme performance results and share lessons learned, including best practices to inform strategic decisions. 4) Provide technical input into M&E tools and database design, analysis, visualisation, and interpretation of data.

KEY PERFORMANCE RESPONSIBILITIES:

1. Ensure implementation of relevant data management policy, plan, and standard operating procedure (SOP) and monitoring thereof
2. Provide training, capacity building and mentoring on the use of DS/DR-TB database
3. Conduct data quality assessments and data quality improvement strategies
4. Assist province/districts to develop and implement data quality improvement plans
5. Analyse and disseminate DS/DR-TB programme performance results
6. Contribute to enhancing DS/DR-TB database to improve data quality and programme performance
7. Participate in Provincial/District Implementation Team meetings and improve synergy between programme and health information team
8. Supervise and support the data team (data capturers, data officers & M&E officers) through training, guidance, review, and feedback on assigned deliverables
9. Compile monthly/quarterly/annual data management progress reports


TASKS & FUNCTIONS UNDER KEY PERFORMANCE RESPONSIBILITIES:

1. Ensure implementation of relevant data management policy, plan, and standard operating procedure (SOP) and monitoring thereof

a. Support implementation of DHMIS policy, DHMIS SOPs and the Integrated TB/HIV data management SOP and projects policy/SOPs
b. Develop Data Management Plans that will deliver accurate, timely, consistent, and quality data.
c. Ensuring the proper functioning of data collection software and applications
d. Assess and develop required data management templates

2. Provide training, capacity building and mentoring on the use of DS/DR-TB database and data management

a. Review and update training and resource materials
b. Conduct provincial and district trainings on DS/DR-TB database new developments
c. Contribute to enhancing DS/DR-TB database to improve data quality and programme performance
d. Provide mentorship to provincial and district stakeholders on utilization of the DS/DR-TB database for programme monitoring and ensuring quality data

3. Conduct data quality assessments and data quality improvement strategies

a. Participate in provincial and district data audits and data quality assessment
b. Assist province/districts to develop and implement data quality improvement plans
c. Support province/districts to ensure data from DS/DR-TB database is the same as webDHIS
4. Analyse and disseminate DS/DR-TB programme performance results
a. Compile monthly/quarterly/annual data management progress reports
b. Share lessons learned, including best practices to inform strategic decisions
c. Contribute to site, district, and province specific recommendations
d. Capacitate provincial and district managers on data analysis and data use
e. Support DS/DR-TB monthly and cohort reporting to ensure timeous reporting
5. Perform other tasks as necessary
Qualifications
Essential:
• Postgraduate qualification in public health, sociology, monitoring and evaluation or equivalent degree
• Masters in any of the above-mentioned fields of study or equivalent would be an added advantage
• 5 years Health Data Management experience
• 2-5 years’ experience in Monitoring and Evaluation of Tuberculosis or Health related -programmes
• Driver’s license and own motor vehicle.
• Willingness and availability to travel and, on occasion, to work long and/or irregular hours
Skills and Attributes
• Numerical and analytical skills.
• Communication and interpersonal skills
• Management and leadership traits
• Able to work independently and as a team
• Interpersonal and organizational abilities
• Critical thinking and attention to details
• Must be self-motivated, goal-oriented, and display excellent stakeholder engagement
• Competent and practical knowledge in statistical software package such as- Stata, Epi-info and Rstudio
• Report writing and presentation skills
• Must be able to accomplish assignments/tasks with little or no supervision

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